[ kar-ik-tuh-ris-tik ]
/ 藢k忙r 瑟k t蓹藞r瑟s t瑟k /
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Also char路ac路ter路is路ti路cal. pertaining to, constituting, or indicating the character or peculiar quality of a person or thing; typical; distinctive: Red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn.
a distinguishing feature or quality: Generosity is his chief characteristic.
  1. the integral part of a common logarithm.Compare mantissa.
  2. the exponent of 10 in a number expressed in scientific notation.
  3. the smallest positive integer n such that each element of a given ring added to itself n times results in 0.
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Origin of characteristic

First recorded in 1655鈥65; from Greek charakt膿ristik贸s (see character, -istic)

synonym study for characteristic

2. See feature.

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British Dictionary definitions for characteristic

/ (藢k忙r瑟kt蓹藞r瑟st瑟k) /

a distinguishing quality, attribute, or trait
  1. the integral part of a common logarithm, indicating the order of magnitude of the associated numberthe characteristic of 2.4771 is 2 Compare mantissa
  2. another name for exponent, used esp in number representation in computing
indicative of a distinctive quality, etc; typical

Derived forms of characteristic

characteristically, adverb
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Medical definitions for characteristic

[ k膬r鈥采檏-t蓹-r沫st沫k ]

A distinguishing feature or attribute; character.
A structure or function determined by a gene or genes; trait.

Other words from characteristic

char鈥瞐c鈥er鈥stic adj.
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Scientific definitions for characteristic

[ k膬r鈥采檏-t蓹-r沫st沫k ]

The part of a logarithm to the base 10 that is to the left of the decimal point. For example, if 2.749 is a logarithm, 2 is the characteristic. Compare mantissa.
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